Buddhist scriptures say:

Greed is the real dirt, not dust;

Greed is the term for real dirt.

The wise have shaken off this dirt.

I find these lines too harsh, too judgmental for my taste.  All is dirt (skandha and klesa).  Greed is just one type of life-dirt that sticks too well. 

But Life is sticky business anyway: you shake off one type of dirt, the other type sticks onto you next.  The wise – if such exist – haven’t shaken off all dirt, but are in the process of constant (but not necessarily literally continuous) detoxification.

No purity, I say, exists, just a hygiene of self-purifying.


360 Degrees of Compassion and Lotus Effect


Buddhist Scriptures, Penguin Books, p. 123



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    Last reviewed: 9 Jul 2011

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2010). No Purity, Just Purifying. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 4, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2010/11/2278/


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